So you have decided to homeschool. What should you do first?
Most of you will want to file the Private School Affidavit. This entitles you
to start homeschooling. You are now the administrator/teacher. Certain
subjects are mandated, such as reading, math, social studies and science, but you do have a lot of freedom with this choice of homeschool.
Record keeping requires keeping a copy of the completed Private
School Affidavit, an attendance record, and information on the "teacher" which does not involve holding a teaching credential, but only to be
"capable of teaching". Also a plan for the course of study being taught.
With this option, you simply notify the previous school of what you are doing. If your child attended a public or private school, you can request their records. This is done by writing a letter from you (your school) to the prior school, requesting the school records. Be sure the name yourself as the child's administrator because you want your child's file at that school closed, which will not happen if you exercise your right to a parental copy. A new law went into effect on January 1, 2013 requiring states to forward a pupil's permanent record or a copy no later than 10 schooldays following the date the request was received.
You are pretty much on the way now. The next big step is "Designing a Course of Study". Things to consider are, what is my child's
learning style? Where are they in their subjects? If this seems overwhelming, you may want to start with a packaged curriculum.
Well, these are the beginning steps to opening your own homeschool. I will be talking more about this subject, but would love to address your questions and concerns. I can be reached at the email below. Happy Homeschooling.